Mental Health Tour - Katherine


Day 6 Mental Health Tour - Katherine

Monday 21.05.2017 the team will be touring to Kathrine. Home town of Dolly Everett who’s story has been featured on National News and impacted stories all over the world.  Devastating to hear yet another story of the impact that bullying and in particular cyber bullying can play on a young person’s life.  

Every 3hrs in Australia someone takes their life by way of suicide [1], this equates to an average of 8 per day and is the largest killer of children between the ages of 5-17[2]. Bullying is a major concern to school aged children and a major contributor to suicide.

It is horrific to hear of stories like Dolly’s where children and young people are driven to a horrific result of death by the hands of bullying.

The Mind Blank team working alongside social worker Catherine Kubiak will be visiting Katherine High School,St Joseph’s Catholic College Jilkminggan School and a few others in town.

Our program messages will be to:

- Enhance children and young people’s knowledge around mental health issue

-Educate about the dangers of bullying and their consequences

- How to respond and speak up if you need help with your mental and emotional help

- Know where to seek help in a time of need

The unfortunate reality is that youth suicide in rural and regional areas 66 per cent higher than in cities. [3]  The shocking statistics show that increased rates of suicide are between two and four times higher in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander  youths comparing to non- Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander young Australians in similar age groups[4].

If you have a young person at home that may need help click here to access some service support information.  If they require immediate help you may need to call triple 000.

If you are a parent of carer some additional support information can be found on this page.  

Know that there is always hope no matter how hard things may be. 


[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) Causes of Death, Australia Statistics [online]  http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/3303.0~2015~Main%20Features~Intentional%20self-harm:%20key%20characteristics~8. Accessed 19.07.2017

[2] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) Causes of Death, Australia Statistics [online]  http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/3303.0~2015~Main%20Features~Intentional%20self-harm:%20key%20characteristics~8. Accessed 19.07.2017

[3] Pike (2015) Can We Talk? Youth suicide in rural and regional areas 66 per cent higher than in cities. Daily Telegraph [online]

 https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/can-we-talk-youth-suicide-in-rural-and-regional-areas-66-per-cent-higher-than-in-cities/news-story/99889ed41f964bafc0cdc8fcbeec1406. Accessed 20.04.2018

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010) ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SUICIDE DEATHS OVERVIEW. Suicides, Australia [online] http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/3309.0~2010~Chapter~Aboriginal+and+Torres+Strait+Islander+suicide+deaths?OpenDocument. Accessed 24.04.2017